Explore design and engineering innovations with prime Dezeen and MINI Frontiers motion pictures

After 18 months exploring the intersection among design and style and technology, our multi-award-winning collaboration with MINI has come to an finish. From music-making gloves to glow-in-the-dark trees, here is our round up of the 5 most popular movies in the series.

Silk Leaf by Julian Melchiorri

Our film featuring Royal University of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri’s synthetic biological leaf (top) is the most watched Dezeen and MINI Frontiers video – and the most well-liked movie ever published on Dezeen – clocking up over 700,000 plays.

The artificial leaf absorbs water and carbon dioxide to make oxygen, just like a plant, which Melchiorri claims could allow extended-distance area travel in potential.

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Following near behind is our exclusive video interview with musician Imogen Heap, in which she demonstrates her Mi.Mu music-making gloves. The gloves permit her to interact with her personal computer remotely through hand gestures, which she claims could “alter the way we make music.”

The film has been watched more than 400,000 instances and beat media giants the Guardian, CNN, Vice and Google to win the People’s Voice poll for best technologies film at this year’s Webby Awards.

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For our third most well-known movie we travelled to SXSW in Austin, Texas, exactly where we interviewed Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde about his strategies to genetically engineer glow-in-the-dark trees to substitute streetlights.

Roosegaarde had just got hold of his first sample of a bioluminescent home plant, which he was unable to get delivered to his Rotterdam studio due to the fact of stringent EU regulations all around the use of genetically modified plants.

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3D-printed foods was the subject of the next most watched movie in the series. Meals designer Chloé Rutzerveld showed us her idea for “healthier and sustainable” 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants and mushrooms for flavour when we visited Dutch Layout Week in Eindhoven last 12 months.

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Rounding off the prime 5 is a movie about making use of drones in the building industry. Architect Ammar Mirjan explained how drones with cable dispensers connected could be utilised to rapidly weave tensile structures above a void.

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Launched in February 2014, Dezeen and MINI Frontiers was a major content collaboration among Dezeen and MINI, which explored how design and style and technologies are coming with each other to shape the future.

Via a series of exclusive films and a major London exhibition (over), we investigated interesting developments in emerging fields this kind of as wearable technologies and synthetic biology as nicely as searching at how engineering is transforming disciplines including transport, vogue, music and architecture.

The video content material has been watched above two million times and won several awards. As effectively as the Webby award for technology video of the year, it was named Commercial Campaign of the 12 months at the British media Awards 2015 and won the Industrial Partnership category at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2015.

Search out for our next collaboration with MINI, which will be announced in the coming months.

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